Glazed Almond Cookies

This recipe has a fun history. Read the post to find out how these cookies led to us starting our blog!

Fact: sugar cookies are better with almond flavoring. These cookies take that message to heart. An almond cookie base, an almond pressed in the top, and an almond glaze. A perfect trifecta.

Glazed Almond Cookies


Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 30

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • almonds for topping

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2-4 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until well blended in a large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix well.

  4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Or, if you're lazy like me, pour the flour into the wet mixture. Then add the salt and baking powder on top of the flour and mix them into the flour a bit before mixing it into the wet ingredients. One less bowl to wash makes me a happy baker.
  5. Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture.
  6. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Position dough on greased cookie sheet and gently press a whole almond into the top of each cookie. For those who don't like nuts you can leave the almond off the top. I have to make most of them that way in my house for my husband and older daughter.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 7-8 minutes until the edges are golden.
  8. Leave on pan to cool for at least 3 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  9. Mix glaze ingredients. The glaze should just barely be runny enough to drizzle. If it is too wet it will slide right off the cookies. Add more sugar if it is too runny and more milk if it is too stiff.
  10. Line the cookies up and drizzle the glaze on a whole line of cookies at once to make it easier. Allow the drizzle to set for about an hour if you want them to be easy to transport. Or enjoy some right away if you can't wait.

 About a year ago I sent a photo of these cookies to Jen to make her jealous because, let’s face it, they’re delicious. She edited the photo and sent it back to me and she told me I should start a food Instagram. I think it was the fact that Jen turned a photo I snapped into something beautiful so quickly that did it. I had talked for years about starting a food blog and that moment turned a flicker into a flame. It took a while to get up and running but now we’re having a ton of fun sharing recipes with you!

When I was a kid we had a family favorite Christmas cookie called almond bars. They had an almond-flavored sugar cookie base with slivered almonds on top and a delicious glaze. The problem was that they dried out really quickly and started crumbling, not the best for cookie plates.

These cookies are inspired by the almond bars of my childhood, but they the young, hip version. They are soft instead of crumbly, they don’t require a rolling pin like their fussy predecessor, and they don’t demand fancy diagonal slicing.

If you’re like my husband and you hate nuts you can definitely leave the almonds off the top. But I don’t really understand that. I actually think these would be good with more almonds, some chopped almonds in the dough perhaps? Ha, I can almost hear my husband groaning.

Enjoy!

Glazed Almond Cookies – Get Hooked on Cooking – Fact: sugar cookies are better with almond flavoring. These cookies take that message to heart. An almond cookie base, an almond pressed in the top, and an almond glaze. A perfect trifecta.

Caramel Almond Blondies

If you are a caramel lover, these blondies will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. If you’re not a fan of nuts, there’s a chocolate chip version coming tomorrow, so stay tuned. But for all you almond lovers, this is bliss. The texture is so dense and chewy, like the caramel cousin of fudge. These come together quickly in only 1 bowl, and they are totally addictive!

Caramel Almond Blondies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 unwrapped soft caramels
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 ¼ cups chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Microwave caramels and butter together in a large microwavable bowl for 2 minutes until melted. Stir until smooth. 

  2. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. The batter should be warm, but not hot. If it is still too hot you can wait for it to cool or stir in the flour to cool it down. I’ve done both and had success with either method. 

  3. Once the batter is warm, stir in the eggs. Stir in the flour if you haven’t added it yet. Stir in the almonds. 

  4. Pour batter into a parchment paper lined 8x8 baking dish. 

  5. Bake at 350 degrees 25 - 30 minutes until the top no longer appears wet. The blondies shouldn’t jiggle when shaken.

I love almond snickers. So I was thinking it would be crazy delicious to make blondies with chopped up almond snickers bars in the batter. And I was right. But the blondies and the almonds were so good that the snickers were irrelevant. So I left them out of the last few recipe attempts, and the blondies were even more delicious. Which is kind of the point, right? If these were less delicious than an almond snickers, I would just eat an almond snickers.

What puts these a step above the competition is the caramel that I melted right into the batter. In my first attempt I swirled the caramel on top. And they were so good! But they are even better when the caramel is mixed in. The caramel keeps the whole bar chewy, gooey, and absolutely divine!

I’m drooling. I’m giving up on my health goals. I’m putting caramels on my shopping list.

Caramel Almond Blondies - Get Hooked on Cooking - If you are a caramel lover, these blondies will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. If you’re not a fan of nuts there’s a chocolate chip version coming tomorrow, so stay tuned. But for all you almond lovers, this is bliss. The texture is so dense and chewy, like the caramel cousin of fudge. These come together quickly in only 1 bowl, and they are totally addictive!

Enjoy!

Caramel Almond Blondies – Get Hooked on Cooking – If you are a caramel lover, these blondies will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. If you’re not a fan of nuts, there’s a chocolate chip version coming tomorrow, so stay tuned. But for all you almond lovers, this is bliss. The texture is so dense and chewy, like the caramel cousin of fudge. These come together quickly in only 1 bowl, and they are totally addictive!